Chelsey L USA
The views of Rio were fantastic. The driver who picked us up at the hotel was very friendly; however, the ground operators for the helicopter didn't speak to us - simply motioned for us to get on and off of the helicopter, more like herding cattle rather than a personal way to treat visitors. I would have liked to have the option to do this at noon rather than so early in the morning. The online sign-up process and email I received didn't even specify the time of the tour. I had to call Brazil to find that out. This is a key detail that should have been very clear all along.
Luke D United Kingdom
The helicopter trip was amazing. I highly recommend it. We did the twelve minute trip, circling close to Christ the Redeemer was the highlight, as well as seeing the length of the beaches Copacabana and Ipanema. The only downside was the communication in Brazil. I had bought the voucher online. When I called in Brazil, as instructed, I was asked which hotel I was staying it. The fact that I was staying with a friend seemed to complicate matters beyond belief, even though I was happy to drive to the helipad. It seemed we had to be at a hotel. Finally they agreed, but when we arrived at the helipad and presented the voucher from the internet they seemed puzzled. Then asked me to pay. I had to explain it was all prepaid and point to the wording. This seemed strange given that they must deal with these type of vouchers all the time. Bureaucracy aside, the trip itself was awesome and comes highly recommended.
Weather played a big part in this tour as it was windy. we waited and rightfully so because safety is key and of the utmost importance and we understand that and finally got to take our flight.
Good news is it was a clear day for some wonderful views and pictures...however, the tour flight time and route was shortened and we flew to the Christ statue, did one circle to the left then one to the right allowing both sides of the helicopter to view equally and flew straight back...no sites of the beaches other that from far away nor sugarloaf other than off in the distance. We talked with the lady at the counter when we returned our guide was not helpful and she noted there wouldn't be any discounts or refunds and that was the best they could do. Again, it is worth doing but know there are chances it is not what you think you are signing up for...or PAYING for.
Book373 United States of ...
I enjoy helicopter ride's to the fullest and this was my third so far in my travels. This one was ok, we toured around the Christ Redeemer statue and that was cool. But that was it. A few of us thought maybe we were going to Copacabana beach area, nope nothing. The flight seemed very quick as well! I wasn't as happy because I was stuck in the middle in the rear and I barely got any photos and that's never fun! The tour is cool, just make sure you get one of the three window seats or you'll be upset like me-lol!
We didn't get to go on the tour as there was not enough partcipants, and it was our last day so we couldn't reschedule. I would suggest that you book you flight nearer the beginning of the tour so that you and rescheudle if necessary. It's a real shame as I was really looking forward to the trip.
Weather played a big part of this tour. Safety first and we understand that and are ok with that. Our issue was the flight was shortened and the path described was not what taken. We took off, flew to the Christ statue, circled it once from the left and then once from the right and then flew straight back. No views of Sugarloaf or the beaches except from a FAR distance. Do not get me wrong, the views and picture taken were amazing and waiting out the winds provided for a very clear day. Lady inside our guide was not helpful noted there would be no refunds or discounts. Better to book directly with the helipad. Certainly a must do in Rio for the views of the Statue and pics...but we didn't get what we paid for.
Original date cancelled apparently not enough takers. On the day we did go it was grey cloudy and raining. Hardly ideal. But the pilot did his best to show us the main attractions.
Also the arrangements for confirming are a be awkward if your are travelling into Rio the days preceding your flight.
Disappointing not to see Christ the Redeemer. It was cloudy and we not allowed to reschedule despite the fact that the couple we were with were on their third try.
The helicopter company was poor. They kept us waiting for 3 hours while the pilot had his dinner and when he finally returned clouds had obscured most of the sights. staff were curt both to us and the argentinian couple sharing our flight. Our concierge told us not to use this company EVER. Perhaps viator should do the same